October 13, 2015:
Tata Motors has launched a special festive season Cash Back Bonanza offer on Tata Zest for the customers purchasing Tata Zest from 1st October, 2015 to 15th November, 2015. Customers stand a chance of winning minimum cash back of INR 2000 going up to INR 50,000. Few lucky customers will get a chance to win 50% or 100% cashback. The anniversary edition of Tata Zest is equipped with New Exterior Colour and Wheel Covers, ORVMs in Piano Black Finish, Special 'Anniversary' embroidery on the front seats, Anniversary theme Body Graphics, 'Anniversary' Edition Badge, Powered Remote Controlled Rear Windscreen Curtain, Console Mounted Bottle Holder and Illuminated Scuff Plates. The anniversary edition is priced INR 15,000 more than the standard variant.
Replacing the Indigo, the Tata Zest comes as another alternative for the buyers in the entry level saloon segment in India. It is part of Tata’s strategy to make a comeback in the Indian automotive arena with an aim of targeting customers in the lower price spectrum.
Just like any other hatchback-based-saloon car, the Tata Zest too carry forwards the basic outer shape of the Bolt apart from the obvious extended back-end. The outer design elements too remains the same with a few changes made in order to separate the saloon from the hatchback like the front grille, which is lined at the bottom by an additional thin chrome stripe. The housing for the fog lamps, though remaining similar in shape, is slightly moulded at the edges and gets day time running LED lamps. The Tata Zest looks well proportion when viewed from the sides as the stretched rear-end just not feel like a last minute addition. Moving towards the back, the Zest features an elegant and smart look which is enhanced by the chrome strip above the licence plate. The wrap-around taillights are simple and compact but are not able to stand out in term of its design. The bumper gets a Bolt like black plastic fixture in the middle which is highlighted by a thick outline.
The cabin layout in the Tata Zest is almost identical to the one that we find on the Bolt. The only major difference is the beige treatment given to the dashboard and door panels to make the otherwise black interiors feel premium. Another thing which the cabin lacks on is the amount of storage spaces and cubby holes as they are available in a very minimalistic number. On the top spec variants the central console gets an automatic climate control unit which is replaced by a standard one on the lower priced options. Both the front and rear seats offer decent amount of comfort and legroom to the passengers. Luggage space is not what you would expect from a saloon car as it is obstructed by the wheel arches and in addition to this, the loading point is mounted quite high which might turn out to be a little inconvenient.
Engine and performance
The Tata Zest comes with an engine line-up which consists of 1 petrol and 2 diesel engines. The petrol powered car gets a 1.2 litre turbocharged ‘Revotron’ engine which churns out 90bhp and 140Nm of torque. The diesel powered vehicle gets a 1.3 litre engine which available in two sets of tune. One is the 75bhp and 190Nm one while the other is tuned to produce 90bhp and 200Nm of torque. The petrol as well as the 75bhp diesel mil gets a 5-speed manual gearbox while the 90bhp diesel is available with a 5-speed automatic transmission as well.
Tata Zest competes with Hyundai Xcent, Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze and Ford Figo Aspire.